Nottingham Forest forward Jesse Lingard has taken aim at the referee who oversaw England v France at the World Cup. Wilton Sampaio came under fire for some truly bizarre decisions during the quarter-final clash that saw England dumped out of the competition.

In truth, the referee did award England two penalties. The second was one that he required the use of VAR to make his decision, however, and it was quite remarkable that he didn’t spot the foul on Mason Mount in real-time.

England v France: Quarter-Finals - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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Lingard was in the England squad for the World Cup in 2018. He played a big part in proceedings as the Three Lions reached the semi-final before losing to Croatia to suffer more heartbreak.

Last night’s referee was very average. He seemingly lost the plot with some of his decisions and allowed France to bully the likes of Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham and kick them all over the park.

Lingard has encountered some pretty ordinary refereeing in a Forest shirt this season. The Reds haven’t had much rub of the green and hopefully, the officials can be better after the World Cup.

Lingard takes aim at England v France referee

Sampaio was a disgrace last night but England can’t solely blame him. When you miss the chance to score from 12 years there really is nobody to blame but your own failings sadly.

Harry Kane will know that he blew England’s big chance to get back into the game. Ultimately, however, the Three Lions weren’t quite good enough on the night and they must bounce back in the future.

Lingard clearly wasn’t happy. He must be missing not being involved with England and maybe a strong second half of the campaign can help him get back involved in the future.

The 29-year-old started to turn a corner during the games prior to the World Cup. Forest will hope that he can continue his strong form when football returns for the Reds on the 27th December at Manchester United.

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